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Steals and Deals: The Best Winter Gear Bargains

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Winter fun is winding down, and it’s a perfect time to scoop up the best deals on snow and ski gear so you’re ready for next season. We’ve got ski sales, discounted ski jackets and gloves, and Smith Goggles going for cheep! For this week’s Steals and Deals we’ve got an awesome pair of Black Diamond Ski Gloves, one of our favorite backcountry skis, some sweet ski shells and great all-around goggles.

Dynafit Stoke Backcountry Ski

Reg: $799.95

Sale: $529.95

The Dynafit Stoke is a fantastic all around backcountry ski with powder dimensions and shape with enough stiffness for variable conditions and edge hold for icy couloirs. read more in our Dynafit Stoke Review in a recent backountry ski comparison.

And here are some specs:

Weight: 3100 g per pair (173 length)
Dimensions: 129/105/119
Turning Radius: 34.5/20.1m (173 length)
Construction: Isocore paulownia ultralight wood with stringers in beech and bamboo with biaxial prepreg, fiberglass and carbon reinforcement


Black Diamond Guide Gloves

Reg: $159.95

Sale: $135.95

The Black Diamond Guide Glove is a super warm, waterproof and durable ski glove that’ll last you years. If you’ve always just bought cheep gloves to get you from one season to the next, felt snow leak through or cursed cold fingers, do yourself a favor and get a real pair of gloves – these things don’t go on sale often!

Here’s some specs:

Temperature Range: -20 degrees to 10 degrees Fahrenheit
Materials: Nylon, Gore-Tex with XCR Product Technology, Goat Leather, Molded EVA
100 g Fleece Palm Lining
Removable Wool Liner with 142 g or 5 oz PrimaLoft One Insulation


Smith Scope Pro Goggles


Reg: $64.95

Sale: $38.97

The Smith Scope Pro Ski and Snowboard Goggle is a great all-around goggle at an incredible price! The dual-lens has Airflow ventilation in the brow to increase circulation to keep the inner lens dry and fog free, and the lens color, Ignitor Mirror, offers a great all-conditions tint that isn’t too bright and overwhelming on sunny days, while still offering the contrast you need to see on storm days – a TMS favorite.

Here’s the specs:

Medium Fit
Dual Lens with Airflow Ventilation
Visible Light Transmission: Ignitor Mirror Lens 35 percent
Filter Category: Ignitor Mirror Lens S2, Sensor Mirror Lens S1
Smith Optics Lifetime Warranty

The North Face Chamwa Jacket – Men’s

Reg: $218.95

Sale: $131.37

The North Face Chamwa Jacket is a screaming deal at this price, full waterproof breathable protection at a fraction of the competition. Using The North Face’s proprietary HyVent waterproof breathable fabric, it keeps you dry from the elements outside and perspiration inside. And it’s got all the right features for a day on the slopes, like a goggle pocket with goggle cloth, MP3 player pocket, pass holder and powder skirt.

If you’re old shell is worn out and no longer waterproof, check out why The North Face is one of the best in the business.




Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket – Women’s

Reg: $249.95

Sale: $174.95

This backcountry-born soft shell hoody was one of the staff favorites here at Tahoe Mountain Sports this winter, but didn’t get a lot of attention – so now you get it at a crazy price! Really one of the most well thought out shells for backcountry winter adventures from skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing or even ice climbing, it’s got to be one of the best women’s winter jackets around. It’s innovative two-piece hood has an internal balaclava to protect your face, and in place of normal pit zips, you can open the sides all the way to the bottom for serious ventilation!

Here’s the specs:

Material: Ventia Hybrid soft shell construction
Average weight: 23.7 oz (671 g)
Center back length: 25.75 in (65 cm)

May Powder Skiing – Awesome!!!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Tahoe Sunrise

Tahoe Sunrise

WHO: Dave, Kevin and Jeff

WHAT: Backcountry Skiing Lake Tahoe

WHERE: West Shore of Lake Tahoe

WHEN: May 17–18, 2011

GEAR USED: Black Diamond Drift Skis with Quadrant Boots, Outdoor Research soft shell pants and Smith Trace sunglasses because when that sun gets high in the sky this time of year, shades  are essential!

After the Amgen Tour of California folks decided to leave town due to a snow storm, we were all a little disappointed. BUTTTT, did I say snow storm? Yup, you bet I did. Since Sunday, Tahoe’s higher elevations have received 2-3 feet of some of the coldest and driest snow we have seen all winter and since none of us are really into road biking anyways, we decided to venture out and see what the coverage was like with the hopes of making some sweet powder turns. Wow, were we surprised to find that conditions were still like mid-winter in many places and the snow was insanely phenomenal!

We hit up Grouse Rock on the backside of Alpine Meadows on Tuesday in the midst of the storm. We were the first ones up so we broke trail most of the way and got to ski down first, always my favorite part. The bottom over here got a little wet and manky so we decided that as long as it snowed a little more, we were going to head further down the West Shore and see what some of those peaks had to hold. We were a bit unsure if we would even be able to ski from the road as we hadn’t been down there in a good month and didn’t know the status of the snow levels.

On Wednesday, we decided the snow had fallen and Rubicon Peak was the goal. We were able to skin right from the car as you can see in the pic at the top of this post. It started to clear a little as we made our way up and we got some nice views of the lake.

Skiing up Rubicon

Skiing up Rubicon

The higher we got, the deeper the trail-breaking got and we were about 1-1.5 feet deep in the skin track by the time we hit the top. We were also worried the sun was going to come out fast and furious today but lucky enough, there was just enough light cloud cover that the snow was staying perfect and we were getting more and more psyched for our descent. After topping out and taking in some of the views, it was time to go down and both Jeff and I could not stop yelling to each other how good the snow really was and how psyched we were to be skiing dry, light, fluffy, DEEP powder on May 18th. If you are in Tahoe, go get some and if you are reading this from somewhere else, hopefully it is warm and nice out there because our winter is still going strong!


Here are a couple more pics from our morning on Rubicon.

Top of Rubicon Peak

Top of Rubicon Peak

Descent from Rubicon

Descent from Rubicon

Jeff skiing down

Jeff skiing down

Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Report

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

For this adventure of the week, we go to our own backyard. Dave, owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports, took some time away during this busy holiday week to enjoy the bountiful goods the snow gods dropped around Lake Tahoe.

WHO: Dave and Jonny

WHAT: Backcountry Skiing

WHERE: Bearscratch – East Shore, Lake Tahoe

WHEN: President’s Weekend 2011

GEAR: Black Diamond Megawatt Skis, ContourGPS Helmet Cam, Mammut Albaron Jacket, Black Diamond Virago Gloves

With all the new snow we got the past week (some said up to 99 inches or more), it was time to get some of the lines that can only be skiied a couple times a year, if even that. The East Shore of Lake Tahoe is one of these places that holds those kinds of lines. The East Shore always gets the least amount of snow and with its western exposure, it warms up and melts out very quickly. So, timing is critical if you are going to get one of these lines. As the sun decided to poke its head out for the first time in 4 days, Jonny and I thought this was our chance, so we headed for possible one of the most aesthetic lines in the Tahoe Basin, Bearscratch.

View of Bearscratch from across the Lake

View of Bearscratch from across the Lake

The only thing that was going to stop us was the potential avalanche danger. This line goes straight from top to bottom with few trees or safe spots, especially in the top section. After 2 hours of very deep trail breaking and skinning (literally, thigh deep with every step), we finally made it just below the top where we could peek into the “Scratch” proper. Wow, did it look awesome and not a track in it……yet. So, we down climbed over some rocks and took shelter from the wind in some small trees at the top while we deskinned, checked the avy conditions and layered up as the wind was blowing about 30+mph. The first video of this post is the top section that was absolutely incredible and the BD Megawatts made all the difference. I love the perspective of all these videos because you can see my ski tips and Lake Tahoe all in the same shot. The next 2 videos I am standing still while fliming Jonny come down from above.

Other Details:

Skiable Vert: 2400 ft.
Base Elevation: 6200 ft. – Basically, the Lake!
Approach: NW Facing Treed Slope
Descent: The gut of the “Scratch”
Where to Park: We can’t give everything away;)

5 Under $50: Ski Gear Guide

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Let’s face it, ski and snowboard gear is not cheap. But in our monthly quest to show you affordable options in our 5 Under $50 posts, we’ve uncovered some killer deals on snow gear.

1) Black Diamond Midweight Gloves $24.95

These aren’t your average, puny glove liners. With goat leather palms, strong Kevlar stitching and a 4-way stretch fabric, you won’t sacrifice dexterity, warmth or durability when wearing these midweight gloves.

2) Black Diamond Transfer 7 Shovel $49.95

This extendable, ultralight snow shovel is one of the best backcountry shovels on the market, and what a great price! Packable, with an ergonomic handle, this backcountry shovel is a marvel in design.

3) Dakine Home Grown Soy Push-Up Wax $12.95

This rub-on wax is perfect for a quick fix on the slopes when sticky snow slows your roll. It’s so small that you can keep it in your pocket, and it’s soy-based so you don’t have to breathe in any harmful fumes.

4) Backcountry Skiing California’s Eastern Sierra $29.00

This must-have Eastern Sierra skiing guide flies off our shelves each winter, helping backcountry skiers navigate some 166 descents between Tioga Pass and Bishop Creek. And if you’re more of a resort-hound, don’t miss Squallywood, the famous guide to Squaw Valley, now on sale, at 40 percent off, for just $14.95.

5) Smith Cascade Goggles $34.95

With Smith’s top-of-the-line goggles hitting $165, the Smith Cascade is a steal considering it has many of the same quality features, like a thermal lens, Airflow lens technology and the proprietary Fox-X lens treatment.

5 Under $50 is a monthly Tahoe Mountain Sports blog series dedicated to showcasing some of our more affordable products. Each month we pick a theme, then show you the gear. Suggest a topic in our comments if you need some shopping help.

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